Coach And Player Quotes From The Maryland-EMU Football Game

Sept. 8, 2001

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Postgame quotes following the Terrapins' 50-3 win over Eastern Michigan:

Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen

On the team's overall performance: "I was very pleased with our game tonight. The kids played with very good intensity. They played for a full sixty minutes, which is sometimes hard to do when you have a lead like we did. That was our goal. I do think we improved tonight. I know the opponent wasn't as strong [as last week's game vs. North Carolina], but we still have to execute, so I'm pleased on that note."

On the special teams: "We have to get better at our PAT and field goals. We missed two PAT's, which is inexcusable. I thought our kicking tonight was not a strong point. Coverage was good."

On the offense: "I thought we got our throwing game and our running game going tonight. I thought our timing was better. Our execution was better, as was our option game."

On the defense: "We're playing pretty good on defense. It's a good scheme, our players are well-coached and they play hard. [Our defense] is really going to be a strength of our team and I hope they can continue to play as well as they've been playing."

On Bruce Perry: "I thought he played good again. He is becoming a consistent performer. I got him out of there, because I didn't want to get him hurt. Bruce has vision and acceleration. I can see him grow with every carry ... he gets more confident. That's really good for us, for not knowing who our running back was going to be at the beginning of the season. Bruce is a guy who can hit the home run for us any time."

On the running backs: "I took Bruce out because I wanted to see what Jason could do. I thought he played very well. I thought Marc Riley played very well. I thought all three of our fullbacks did well."

On the team's confidence level: "I talked to them [the team] last night and asked if they [Eastern Michigan] could beat us. They said no. This team had too much character to let [the coaching staff] down. This is quite a bunch of kids. We just have to keep getting better. We made strides today. They came out tonight and played with the same intensity they did last week. If they keep doing that, we're going to wake up one day and be a pretty good football team. We're not there yet, but we're making strides."

On maintaining consistency: "These games are scary because you turn the ball over, not ready to play, and all of a sudden you're in a dogfight. Then sometimes you jump out into a big lead, you get sloppy and all of a sudden you're in a dogfight. That's what I was pleased about this bunch. They didn't do that. They went out and did their job and performed."

On Shaun Hill: "I thought Shaun played better, more improved tonight. I didn't think he got rattled. I thought he kept his composure. He was 15-for-21 passing, which was okay."

DT C.J. Feldheim: "We expect a lot of ourselves, but if we don't come out and perform, we're letting ourselves down. We're going to go out there and get it done. A win is a win, but it feels a lot better when you can sit out the fourth quarter."

TB Bruce Perry: "It's always a goal of mine to be consistent at what I do. If a hundred yards is what I get, then I'm satisfied and I'm sure the big man is satisfied."

"Being that it was my first touchdown, [scoring] was a little bigger right now than getting the hundred yards."

"Shaun[Hill] is the leader of this team and we look to him for our guidance and leadership. I think he exemplified that today. He had some good passes. He felt more comfortable in the pocket. And hopefully he feels like that every weekend. If he does, then we are going to be a successful football team."

QB Shaun Hill: "We're real excited, but we realize we still have a long ways to go. We have nine more ball games before the postseason hopefully. We've got a long ways to go and I think we realize that. "

"I felt a little more comfortable [than last week] because I felt I had a better week of practice, a better week of preparation. We were able to get everything clicking and that's a good thing. That's something we strive for as an offense."

Eastern Michigan Head Coach Jeff Woodruff
On Maryland's performance: "I don't know if we would have scored if Maryland didn't show up. We are more concerned with us right now than Maryland. They [Maryland] is off to a good start and I thought their team speed was much better than ours. It looked like they were in a different speed than us."

On the young Eastern Michigan team: "We played eight true freshmen tonight, many of them in key positions, and we are still searching for a quarterback. Our top two tailbacks were true freshmen. Many of our defensive backs and receivers were freshmen before it was all said and done tonight. That eight [freshmen] may go to twelve by next week."

Closing comments: "We just need to keep searching for guys that want to play hard. There is no question that we will get better, it's just a matter of getting young kids some experience. This was a good experience for them, it should lead a lasting impression. It is good to identify your strengths and your weaknesses and find out who wants to play and who doesn't. There are contenders and pretenders, and as a coach you want to identify which is which."